SEIU Local 73, the union that represents the majority of the Chicago Park District’s recreation, landscape and security staff has announced its intention to strike on Thursday, October 17. The Chicago Park District has been negotiating in good faith with the union since January, working to offer employees a fair contract that acknowledges the hard work the employees do each day. We are very disappointed in this action, and are hopeful an agreement will be reached quickly.
Should a work stoppage occur, it will impact Chicago Park District hours, program schedules, landscape maintenance and waste removal. The Chicago Park District plans to open a limited number of fieldhouses weekdays, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. See the list below. Patrons will be able to engage in drop-in and low-organized activities, open gym and fitness center usage. Pools, gymnastics centers, and boxing centers will be closed. Fieldhouses will be closed on affected weekends. All regularly scheduled programs, including specialty programs such as Jr. Bear, Windy City Hoops, and special recreation/Special Olympics programming will be canceled during the duration of the work stoppage. In addition, all room rentals will be canceled. To view events that are canceled, visit /events. This list of events will be updated as needed, so please check it before heading out to an event.
Non-staffed parks, the Chicago lakefront, playgrounds, and outdoor nature areas will be open, as usual.
To learn more about the negotiations and contract offers: CPD & SEIU Contract Negotiations Overview.
To view the letter sent to park customers on October 2 regarding the potential work stoppage: Customer Letter
Updates related to the work stoppage will be available here.
VIEW LIST OF FIELDHOUSES OPEN DURING THE WORK STOPPAGE
Click on the button above to see the list of fieldhouses open during the work stoppage. These fieldhouses will be open weekdays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Customers can engage in drop-in and low-organized activities, open gym and fitness center usage.
PRINT WAIVER FORM - IN ENGLISH
PRINT WAIVER FORM - IN SPANISH
A completed waiver form will be required when using one of the fieldhouses open during the work stoppage. Click on the button above to print the waiver and bring it to the park. Waivers will be available to complete at the parks as well.